Gaana of the Century — The No. 1 song witnessed thousands of voters calling in and polling in for their favourite number. And after a month-long promotion hosted by Fever 104 FM, the results are finally in. Here are the top 10 songs of the century (in alphabetical order).
Babuji Dheere Chalna
Aar Paar (1954) O P Nayyar
One of O P Nayyar’s most famous numbers, this song is from a light-hearted film directed by Guru Dutt, featuring actors Shakila, Johnny Walker and others. With Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics and Geeta Dutt’s seductive rendition, this classic number has smoothly swayed into the top 10.
Dil Se (1998) A R Rehman
A R Rahman’s popular track is remembered as much for its foot-tapping music as for its video that featured Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora Khan gyrating on a moving train. The song was sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. Coincidentally, the team behind this song — Rahman, Sukhwinder and lyricist Gulzar — created history of sorts with another hit, Jai Ho! (Slumdog Millionnaire, 2009).
Dum Maaro Dum
Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972) R D Burman
Panchamda’s psychedelic track became an anthem for the young rebels of that generation. With lyrics like ‘Duniya ne humko diya kya, Duniya se humne liya kya’, the song still continues to inspire music lovers. Asha Bhosle’s effortless vocals add to the charm of the song.
Ek Do Teen
Tezaab (1989) Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Madhuri Dixit arrived in the industry with this chartbuster. Her inimitable moves, flashing smile and unmatched energy left the crowds- on screen and in real-life — asking for more. The impressive dance routine for this seven-and-a-half-minute song was choreographed by Saroj Khan.
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy
This song is a mix of qawwali, disco, mujra and folk. Running for over eight minutes, the track sets the groove with its beautiful music arrangements and lyrics. Lyricist Gulzar’s brilliance in phrases like ‘tere baton mein kimam ki khushboo hai, tera aana bhi garmiyon ki loo hain’ brought in earthy, folk references that gained cult status. On screen, Aishwarya’s enticing moves and the father-son duo of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan added to the visual delight of this song and contributed to its status of the undisputed item song of the decade.
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Singer Sonu Nigam crooned the title track of this Shah Rukh Khan-starrer that went on to cement their reputation of a romantic singer and hero respectively. The video of the track, set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, brought in a gamut of visual gems on screen. The film’s soundtrack is replete with hits, thanks to the catchy melodies and vocal genuis displayed by the composer trio. The hummable piano introduction makes this song one of the most unforgettable tunes in recent times.
Mere Sapno Ki Rani
Aradhana (1969) S D Burman
If there is one song that epitomises the on-screen charm of Rajesh Khanna and his ‘voice’ Kishore Kumar, it has to be ‘Mere sapno ki rani”. The song’s video, featuring India’s first superstar riding in the jeep and calling out to his lady love, Sharmila Tagore, sitting pretty in a Darjeeling toy train went on to create history.
Om Shanti Om
Karz (1980) Laxmikant-Pyarelal
The nation went crazy over this disco track that featured chocolate-boy Rishi Kapoor swinging on a spinning vinyl record stage. The deadly combination of charmer Chintu’s quick-footed moves set to Kishore Kumar’s remarkable vocals had an entire nation bellowing out just one question — ‘Tumne kabhi kisi se pyar kiya?’
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) Jatin-Lalit
If cult cartoon characters Archie, Betty and Veronica were to star in a Bollywood number, this would have been their song. Composer duo Jatin-Lalit struck the right chords with this breezy romantic number. Everything was super fresh about this song — vocals by Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam, the scenic location of Dehradun and the star cast featuring Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka and Pooja Bedi.
Tere Bina Zindagi
Aandhi (1976) R D Burman
This number is a masterpiece. It was penned by Gulzar and performed by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. A very un-R D like soundtrack, considering he carved a niche for himself with his big-band infused soundtracks from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971), Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973) and Sholay (1975), this song brought out the versatility of the iconic composer.